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Accessibility requirements for products and services - The European Accessibility Act: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

12-04-2016

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 12 December 2015 and referred to Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. While considerable effort has clearly been put into preparing this report and to providing information in a transparent manner, the length and level of detail do not always support clear analysis of the problem definition and ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 12 December 2015 and referred to Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. While considerable effort has clearly been put into preparing this report and to providing information in a transparent manner, the length and level of detail do not always support clear analysis of the problem definition and clear explanation of the methodology. Although the Commission consulted widely on the issue of accessibility and made use of external expertise, the data used appears rather old. Moreover, the views of disabled citizens, who are meant to be the major end-beneficiaries of the proposal, are not explicitly apparent and could perhaps have been better reflected throughout the IA. A more detailed exploration of social considerations to counterbalance the largely economic analysis would have been welcome, despite the internal market focus of this proposal. Please click here for the full publication in PDF format

Reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

13-04-2015

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal for a Regulation as regards the reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles. This note, prepared by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit for the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament, analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal for a Regulation as regards the reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles. This note, prepared by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit for the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament, analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA.

Single-member private limited liability companies: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

18-02-2015

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying the Commission proposal for a Directive on single-member private limited liability companies. The context of the initiative is well presented. Efforts have been made to substantiate the problems identified and the various options considered are clearly described. Research and consultation appears to have been wide-ranging, although a breakdown of stakeholder ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying the Commission proposal for a Directive on single-member private limited liability companies. The context of the initiative is well presented. Efforts have been made to substantiate the problems identified and the various options considered are clearly described. Research and consultation appears to have been wide-ranging, although a breakdown of stakeholder views on each option would have been useful. The scope of the IA could have been broader, however. In particular, a more quantified and targeted cost-benefit analysis, especially with regard to costs for Member States and SMEs, and more data on how efficient different Member State measures have been in ensuring the smooth functioning of similar systems, would have strengthened the arguments. More specific evidence would also have been helpful with regard to the potential uptake of this initiative by the beneficiaries targeted.

Review of the school distribution programmes in the area of agriculture: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

09-01-2015

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal on the aid scheme for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk in the educational establishments. Overall, the IA appears to be well documented and researched. However, potential downsides to the various options could have been more fully examined and stakeholder positions and concerns more adequately presented and taken into consideration ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal on the aid scheme for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk in the educational establishments. Overall, the IA appears to be well documented and researched. However, potential downsides to the various options could have been more fully examined and stakeholder positions and concerns more adequately presented and taken into consideration. More generally, the conclusion that there is a necessity to act now, before the changes brought by the CAP 2020 agreement are implemented and evaluated, would have benefited from further explanation and evidence. This note, prepared by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit for the Committee on Agriculture of the European Parliament, analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA.

Revision of the EU visa policy: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

18-11-2014

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal on the Union Code on Visas. The Visa Code established by Regulation 810/2009 is an essential element of the common visa policy the development of which was a pre-requisite to the creation of a common area without internal borders.The Visa Code sets out harmonised procedures and conditions for issuing short-stay visas, so called Schengen visas ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal on the Union Code on Visas. The Visa Code established by Regulation 810/2009 is an essential element of the common visa policy the development of which was a pre-requisite to the creation of a common area without internal borders.The Visa Code sets out harmonised procedures and conditions for issuing short-stay visas, so called Schengen visas (authorizing their holder to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 days period). The Code, which was a recast and consolidation of all relevant legislation on the issuing of short stay 'Schengen' visas, entered into force in April 2010 with the overarching objectives of facilitating legitimate travel and tackling irregular immigration. In the Commission's IA, the problems to be addressed are explained in a very clear manner, as is the presentation of the options. Uncertainties are recognised and considerable effort has been made to substantiate the IA with concrete evidence, even though this has proved difficult for well explained reasons. Member States’ concerns regarding security issues linked with the mandatory MEVs with long validity or the new ‘touring’ authorization, could have been better explained, however. Also, the fact that the proposal under consideration provides for a reduced time limit for examining applications seems surprising given the suggestion in the IA that this would not be an effective solution. Finally, putting aside the fact that the IA itself does not consider the creation of two separate legal instruments, it is not clear why the IA was not presented with both proposals jointly as a package, given that it covers the visa issue as a whole. This note, prepared by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament, analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposal. It is drafted for informational and background purposes to assist the relevant parliamentary committee(s) and Members more widely in their work.

Cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work: initial appraisal of the European Commission impact assessment

29-10-2014

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission proposal for a Decision on establishing a European Platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work. Overall, the impression is that the Initial Appraisal did not benefit from a sufficiently thorough assessment and analysis, in particular as regards the options and their impacts. A more detailed and developed ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission proposal for a Decision on establishing a European Platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work. Overall, the impression is that the Initial Appraisal did not benefit from a sufficiently thorough assessment and analysis, in particular as regards the options and their impacts. A more detailed and developed evidence base would have been helpful in contributing to a better understanding of the scale of the problem, in particular with regard to its cross-border dimension, and of the added value of cross-border mandatory cooperation between Member States in tackling undeclared work. This note, prepared by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament, analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposal. It is drafted for informational and background purposes to assist the relevant parliamentary committee(s) and Members more widely in their work.

Reform of the European Network of Employment Services (EURES): Initial Appraisal of the Commission's Impact Assessment

15-07-2014

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission's proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European Network of Employment Services, workers’ access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets (COM (2014) 6 final), submitted on 17 January 2014. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposals and is drafted for informational ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission's proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European Network of Employment Services, workers’ access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets (COM (2014) 6 final), submitted on 17 January 2014. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposals and is drafted for informational and background purposes to assist the Employment and Social Affairs committee and its Members in their work.

European Small Claims Procedure: Initial Appraisal of the Commission's Impact Assessment

14-03-2014

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying its proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) n°861/2007 establishing a European Small Claims Procedure and Regulation (EC) n° 1896/2006 creating a European order for payment procedure (COM (2013) 794), submitted on 19 November 2013. It analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying its proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) n°861/2007 establishing a European Small Claims Procedure and Regulation (EC) n° 1896/2006 creating a European order for payment procedure (COM (2013) 794), submitted on 19 November 2013. It analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposal. It is drafted for informational and background purposes to assist the relevant parliamentary committee and Members more widely in their work.

Legal Aid for Suspects or Accused Persons in Criminal Proceedings: Initial Appraisal of the Commission's Impact Assessment

07-03-2014

This briefing seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying its proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on provisional legal aid for suspects or accused persons deprived of liberty and legal aid in European Arrest Warrant Proceedings (COM (2013) 824), submitted on 27 November 2013. This proposal is part of the 2009 Roadmap on Procedural Rights (‘the Roadmap’) aiming at strengthening the ...

This briefing seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying its proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on provisional legal aid for suspects or accused persons deprived of liberty and legal aid in European Arrest Warrant Proceedings (COM (2013) 824), submitted on 27 November 2013. This proposal is part of the 2009 Roadmap on Procedural Rights (‘the Roadmap’) aiming at strengthening the rights of suspects and accused persons by setting common minimum standards on fair trial rights. It analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposal. It is drafted for informational and background purposes to assist the relevant parliamentary committee and Members more widely in their work.

Seafarers: Initial Appraisal of the Commission's Impact Assessment

11-02-2014

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal for a Directive for the inclusion of seafaring workers in the EU labour law Directives, submitted on 18 November 2013. It analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal for a Directive for the inclusion of seafaring workers in the EU labour law Directives, submitted on 18 November 2013. It analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposal. It is drafted for informational and background purposes to assist the relevant parliamentary committee and Members more widely in their work.

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